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SALAMANCA - The present world lost a beautiful soul Saturday morning. Kay (Erla) Magee Sipe passed away Saturday (Oct. 18, 2014) after a brief illness in a nursing facility in Salamanca.

Born on June 2, 1926, in Bradford, Pa., to Walter and Mary Magee, Kay and her brother Gordon and sister Connie enjoyed their childhood in rural oil country.

Kay was a highly respected pianist who auditioned and was accepted at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City as a teenager, but declined, saying they didn't offer enough classes. Despite that disappointment, she returned to Salamanca by train and settled into domestic bliss as a housewife and homemaker on a tree-lined street in Little Valley.

The adoring grandmother and beloved mother married Earl Sipe in 1954 and provided their three daughters, Rhonda, Dori and Heidi with riches no money could buy: love, respect and humor.

The piano would continue to be a part of her life as she taught piano for many years. Kay also accompanied many school choruses, soloists and choirs around the area. She was the rehearsal and performance pianist for The Village Players community theater group and enjoyed the theater very much. She also had one acting role as what else? The pianist.

Kay loved her New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills, but not thunderstorms. She adored her two grandchildren, Jenny Blakesslee and Ian White, and doted on them whenever possible. Jenny was a constant and caring presence in her Nana's last months, and the family loves her for it.

Kay is now joining her husband, Earl (1994); and two daughters, Dori Sipe White (2012) and Rhonda Sipe Blakesslee (2014), in that great family room in the sky, where there is spot-on, four-part harmony and the sarcasm is flowing.

A memorial service and celebration of Kay's life will be held at a later date.

At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation,www.bafound.org, 269 Hanover St. #3, Hanover, MA 02339; or the Little Valley Memorial Library, www.cclslib.org/little_valley/, 110 Rock City St., Little Valley, NY 14755-1252.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley.

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Published in Olean Times Herald from Oct. 21 to Nov. 20, 2014.
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October 30, 2014
So Sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have her teach me piano lesson
October 29, 2014
So sorry to hear of Kay's passing. I have such good memories of the decade or so that I was involved in the Village player's productions. Kay and her daughters add a lot to the fun and enjoyment of those theatrical experiences. I will always cherish my memories of Kay's wonderful accompaniments!
Bob Jones
October 29, 2014
Heidi and family, ah the dearest memories I have of my piano lesson days and that awesome room. Kay was a treasure to say the least. We will all miss her.
October 29, 2014
Heidi as you know your Mom was a very dear friend for many years and even though I didn't see her a lot these past few years I have all those memories! She was a tough gal,loved by all who knew her. She'll be missed.
Harriet Schuman
October 23, 2014
Goodbye to a wonderful lady
Gale Dry - See
October 22, 2014
My condolences to the Sipe family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5,10 regarding the loss of your love one.
October 21, 2014
Sorry for your loss!
Marlene Butcher (Mettler)
October 21, 2014
My deepest sympathy to Heidi and family. Kay was a wonderful lady with a great family.
Bobbie Skeels
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